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Comment: Re:It's a pointless question. (Score 2) 395

by BovineSpirit (#41183463) Attached to: Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?

Corporation tax is substantially higher in the US than it is in the UK( On the other hand the Silicon Roundabout is a quick walk away from one of the biggest financial centers in the world, where there are billions of pounds waiting ot be invested...

Two of the lowest corporation tax rates are Ireland and Iceland, whose populations are making huge sacrifices in order to keep those rates low. I haven't noticed any global tech companies emerge from either country recently, but I'm sure you're right.

Comment: Only 100? (Score 1) 730

by BovineSpirit (#36151128) Attached to: Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

Everyone is different and has different circumstances and needs. The UK has seen 2 attempts to implement a simple catchall tax and both have resulted in violent protests and government U-turns. Taxation ends up being complicated because it has to be seen to be fair. Every new tax has to have exceptions and get-outs and that makes it complicated.
    There are 300 million separate cases in the US to take into account, not 100.

Comment: Bandwidth is not the issue (Score 1) 117

by BovineSpirit (#30815078) Attached to: Iceland's Data Center Push Finally Gets Traction

The Wellcome Trust are a huge biomedical research charity. I would imagine that they are looking for processing power(think folding@home type projects) rather than the ability to serve up millions of webpages. If so bandwidth will be less of a concern than cheap reliable power and cooling. Iceland is looking to join the European Union so their Data Protection legislation is probably similar to rest of the EU's.

Comment: Re:navigation maps (Score 1) 265

by BovineSpirit (#28322589) Attached to: First Floating Wind Turbine Buoyed Off Norway
This may surprise you, but the problem of updating charts has been encountered before. And solved. In the early nineteenth century by Admiral Beaufort. The Hydrographic Office issues weekly 'Notices to Mariners' which list the changes to be made to charts. These include shifting sandbanks, new navigational bouys, new survey data and yes, new wind turbines. As far as navigation is concerned it's not a new island it's a new wind turbine. If the captain was unsure of his position the sight of one (and it would be visible at some distance) would give a clue as to his position.

Comment: Re:Speed limiters already on HGVs / trucks? (Score 1) 859

by BovineSpirit (#28026463) Attached to: Australia, UK To Test Vehicle Speed-Limiting Devices

Yes they do. Travelling on motorways in the cab of an HGV at 56mph is a surreal experience. Everything happens very slowly. If an empty, powerful truck finds itself behind a weak, full truck going up hill it'll still overtake so 2 of the 3 motorway lanes become slow lanes. You do find them overtaking each other on the flat, usually because one limiter is set slightly higher than another.

Comment: Re:Transformers are efficient (Score 1) 221

by BovineSpirit (#26168169) Attached to: Wireless Power Consortium Pushes For Standard

But in a transformer the coils are very close to each other, and are wrapped around the same lump of iron. With the devices the coils and cores are separate. Magnetic fields decay exponentially so even a small gap will reduce the transmitted power by a fair bit. There seems to be various proposed methods to get around this problem, but none of them seem to be significantly better than the others.

Interesting point about electronics reducing the idle currents, as this would be another issue.


+ - Suing Statsaholic

Submitted by SwollUG
SwollUG (695303) writes " offers several highly innovative and useful web services (S3, EC2, and Mechanical Turk, to name a few), but do troubled waters lie ahead for users of these services? ZDNet's Alan Graham has the scoop on Tim O'Reilly's confrontation with Jeff Bezos about a lawsuit filed by Amazon's Alexa against Statsaholic, a popular web traffic comparison site built on the Alexa API. GigaOm's Om Malik has referenced this as a harbinger of the end of Web 2.0. Is this what happens when your Amazon-based website starts becoming popular? Say it ain't so, Amazon!"

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982